BUDGET
IN-EAR

A1

HIFI WALKER

Rating

Price

7.6

35 €

Review published:

08/2018

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

7.5

Bass

8

Mids

7

Trebles

Sensitivity

110 dB

7.5

Handling

8

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

10 - 70000 Hz

Intro

HIFI WALKER is specialized in Hi-Res-Players of all kinds and has now with the A1 (1*DD) and the A7 (2*BA & 1*DD) also in-ears in its portfolio, which pursue the claim Hi-Res.
Both copies are priced around 50 €, which puts them in my price range.
Whether they justify the comparatively high price remains to be seen. This test refers to the HI-FI WALKER A1.

Handling

At first look you can see the enormous similarity with the TIN AUDIO T515 already introduced here, but also with the OCTONE DYNAMIC DUO, which are dual driver in-ears.

The A1 are made of metal and have coloured markings for left and right.
They do not have a particularly ergonomic design, but can still be carried comfortably without falling out (foam tips! - not included), or pressing.
The cable is firmly connected and equipped with a remote that allows you to control the volume and pause the music, or jump further.
Calls can also be answered that have very good speech intelligibility.
So far so good, but the cable brings along clear background noises, which you may ignore over time, but which are still present if you pay attention to them.

The isolation is very good, so you have to take out the headphones to really notice what's happening around you.

Sound

First of all, the A1 is the best single-dynamic-in-ear I have so far, but you also have to like its sound signature, which is quite flat in the mids, partly borderline in the trebles and moderate in the basses, with pressure drop in the low range. That doesn't sound very positive, but it is, because the A1 present the music in a different, very interesting way.

The bass goes, if you play it from 10 Hz - 150 Hz, actually very low. That means there is no lying on the packaging if the frequency response is advertised starting at 10 Hz, because even then it rumbles pleasantly. However, only in this case, because with music, in combination with all frequencies, it can no longer develop the desired pressure in the range around 20 - 40 Hz. This also does not change with more potent DACs. You definitely hear that there's something, but I usually find it a bit strenuous, as I then find myself paying more and more attention to the bass than to the music itself. Nevertheless, he is very much on the point and affords himself if only rarely excursions into the mids. It also has a pleasant punch. But I would not say that it is strongly preferred, although you can't deny the A1 a V-signature.

The mids lack body for my taste, which makes them look very flat. This is especially noticeable in rock music, where something of the liveliness and dynamics in the mids is lost. However, they can score with acoustic music, but also with pop, because in the upper mids they are no less reserved. The voice reproduction is very natural and the strength of the A1.

The highs are extremely good for a dynamic driver. Crystal clear and precise, they offer a wealth of details and bring some brilliance to the music. But now and then they also reach their limits, or claim those of the listener, but that is not the rule. The given 70 kHz are of course nothing else than an advertising trick. I won't deny that the drivers can do that, but let's be honest, whoever makes it beyond 20 kHz has animal relatives.

The separation, as well as the width of the stage is more than adequate, only in the depth it is missing a bit. Nevertheless, the sound is convincing, although despite the V-signature it unexpectedly goes into the analytical and tickles some new things out of the music.

Outro

The A1s certainly do justice to their Hi-Res claim. They deliver a sound that seems to be all of a piece, but with quite flat mids that lack some dynamics at the bottom.
Nevertheless, they are convincing, not least because of their attention to detail, the clean bass and the great voice reproduction. I would not describe them as cheap, but they are quite appropriate for their price segment.

For friends of electronic music they are rather less, but for attentive listeners who want to get to know their music in a different way. It takes a while to warm up with them, but patience is worth it.

Currently it is only available via Amazon!

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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